The Valpolicella classica region. Vineyards on gravelly, loamy hills, near the towns of Negrar, Fumane, San Pietro in Cariano and Marano, north of Verona.
Corvina and Corvinone 70%, Rondinella 30%.
The grapes are left to dry for 80 to 100 days before pressing.
45 q/ha, almost 18hl/ha.
36 months in large Slavonian oak barrels of 15 to 50 hl.
About 12 months in the bottle.
Alcohol: 15% Vol.
Total acidity: 6 g/l
Residual sugar: 3 g/l
A dark, almost inky ruby red colour with rich garnet hues. Bold yet delicate on the nose, it is redolent of ripe cherries, cassis and prunes; hints of milk chocolate, rhubarb and balsamic mentholated tobacco also come through, creating an exquisitely refined, harmonious and elegant bouquet. Tonic and juicy on the palate, it is a ripe, full-bodied wine with extremely lively tannins; an invigorating citrus note perfectly balances its high alcohol and helps make this big wine a most enjoyable drink.
Recommended food pairings
Amarone is made from dried grapes and is therefore a concentrated, round and powerful wine, an elixir of long life.
After a few years of bottle ageing, it becomes an excellent complement for luxurious dishes such as jugged hare, roast turkey with truffles, braised beef in red wine, Amarone risotto. When savoured at its peak, it pairs perfectly with ripe, pungent cheeses. A daring combination? Try it with cotechino.
It continues to evolve for a long period of time (8 to 12 years) and if well stored, it keeps expressing its ageing potential for over 20 years